The next Star Wars film isn’t out until December but fans can immerse themselves in a galaxy far, far away from 31 May.
The first phase of Disneyland’s new, five-hectare Star Wars-themed land, Galaxy’s Edge, will open after almost three years of construction.
Galaxy’s Edge is set on the outer-rim planet Batuu, a planet favoured by smugglers not yet seen in any of the films.
The best part? A replica Millennium Flacon simulator where guests take on the roles of gunner, driver or engineer and are responsible for controlling the iconic ship and its blasters. Depending on how well you perform, the end of the game will differ.
There’s also plenty of space-themed food and drink options within the land – such as blue milk, just like what Luke drank on Tatooine, and Ronto wraps made by smelter droids – as well as a marketplace, droid depot and plenty of colourful characters strolling around.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is also the first land at a Disney Park that integrates with the Play Disney Parks app to give guests a deeper level of interaction – translating the galactic languages etched onto walls or allowing them to take part in secret missions as they uncover different parts of the attraction.
Phase two will open later this year and few details of how it will come to life have been revealed, other than that the immersive attraction will involve a battle between the First Order and the Resistance Disney says “blurs the line between fantasy and reality.”
It’s the biggest single-themed land expansion in Disney’s history. An identical land with the same moniker will open at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida on 29 August.
But if you want to be among the first to stroll around Batuu between the opening date and 23 June, you’ll need to make a reservation.
May the force be with you.